Voters to Decide Whether Arkansas Should Strengthen Its Voter ID Law
The number of proposed constitutional amendments on the 2018 general election ballot rose to two Tuesday when the Senate approved a proposal that would require future voters to present photo identification.
The Senate voted 24-8 on House Joint Resolution 1016 by Rep. Robin Lundstrum, R-Elm Springs. On Feb. 22, the House voted 73-21 for the proposed amendment. Gov. Asa Hutchinson's approval is not required to get the measure on the ballot.
Lawmakers, who can place up to three proposed amendments on the November 2018 ballot, earlier this session approved a proposal to limit damage awards in civil lawsuits.
The proposed amendments must be approved by voters to become law.
A total of 34 states have laws that request or require voters to show some form of identification at the polls, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Arkansas is included on that list because poll workers request that voters show identification but it is not required.